Statement on CDC mask order on school buses

Picture of the front of a School Bus

Recently the CDC issued back to school guidance that included mask wearing on school buses. This guidance is in line with the CDC’s mask order recommending the wearing of masks on public transportation by individuals who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

In response to this guidance, The Utah Department of Health has issued the following statement:

The order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says passengers and drivers must wear a mask on school buses operated by public and private school systems regardless of vaccination status. This order did not come from the Utah Department of Health and the department is not responsible to enforce this order. Local education agencies will need to determine how to respond.

The full order, as well as a list of FAQs, including about school buses, can be found on the CDC’s website here:

More guidance related to schools can be found here: